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wednesday
may 15
All Hail the Chief Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller joins author Michael Dorris (A Yellow Raft in Blue Water) in an onstage conversation as part of the City Arts & Lecture series "On Art & Politics." Mankiller and her family were uprooted from their native Oklahoma and forcibly moved to San Francisco in 1957 under the Bureau of Indian Affairs Relocation Program; the incident spurred Mankiller's lifelong activism on behalf of Native Americans. In San Francisco she directed a youth center, co-founded a school, and volunteered for the Pit River Tribe's land-reclamation project. In 1987 she became the first woman to lead a major Native American tribe. Mankiller will talk with Dorris at 8 p.m. in the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, S.F. Admission is $16 to benefit The Women's Foundation; call 392-4400.

Jaffe Meets the Man All hell breaks loose when a nice Jewish boy from Long Island becomes a Jesus freak, in The King of Kings & I. Funny Gay Males member Jaffe Cohen goes solo in this autobiographical comic monologue based on his experiences as a Jewish kid in a Catholic neighborhood and his search for identity, religious and otherwise, in the navel-gazing Me Decade. (Sample: "In 1974 I saw Jesus. I know what you're thinking: 'You live in New York, sooner or later you bump into everyone.' "). The King of Kings & I plays at 8 p.m. (continuing through Sunday) at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint, 3583 16th St., S.F. Admission is $12; call 861-7933.

thursday
may 16
Malcolm Memorialized Dr. Betty Shabazz, widow of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (better known as Malcolm X), speaks at a mural and plaza dedication ceremony honoring the late Nation of Islam leader. The mural was created by SFSU students Eric Norberg and Kamau Ayubbi. The ceremony, which also features live Brazilian and Haitian music and dance, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the SFSU campus, 1650 Holloway, S.F. Shabazz speaks at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free; call 338-2444.

Plain They Ain't Backed by vocal contributions from a few of their closest friends -- Exene Cervenka, Perry Farrell, L7's Donita Sparks -- L.A.'s Extra Fancy moved into the major label arena with Sinnerman, re-released this year on Atlantic and remixed by producer Dave Jerden (Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains). Out singer Brian Grillo, a suburban kid weaned on "Rodney on the 'ROQ," leads the band in a thrashy confrontation of the anti-gay status quo; that he once go-go danced at a Times Square theater above Howard Johnson also factors into the band's agile punk punch. Bobsled opens at 9 p.m., followed by local foursome Ain't (in a record release set) and Portland punks the Weaklings, at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St., S.F. Admission is $2 advance, $5 at the door; call 995-4600.

Wasted Youth The shocking tale of Midwest kids doped up on home-grown stupidity unspools in Seventeen. The 1983 documentary tracks white-trash teens in Muncie, Ind., where they spend the best years of their lives getting high, chasing blacks, harassing their teachers, and rocking out to Bob Seger. The Xerox company, which originally sponsored the production for public television, banned it from broadcast after seeing the results; the film has since been unavailable on video. This screening is courtesy of Cinematheque, which also offers a program of new Bay Area films Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut, S.F. Seventeen shows at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission & Third St., S.F. Admission is $3-6; call 558-8129.

Freewheelin' Skip the aggravation of overpriced gas and preening gym bunnies with Bike-to-Work Day. Area "fueling stations" will provide free continental breakfasts from 7 to 9 a.m., and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition offers free valet bike parking all day on Market between Battery and Sansome. The event is capped by post-work "minimass" group rides home with people from your area. Employees will compete for prizes based on participation in their workplaces. Fuel up in the morning at the following locations: Freewheel Bike Shop along the Panhandle at 1920 Hayes at Ashbury; Rainbow Grocery in SOMA at 1475 Folsom at Division; Blazing Saddles in North Beach at Bay & Columbus; the Embarcadero Ferry Building at the foot of Market; the "Wiggle Way Station" at Duboce & Steiner; Laguna Sidewalk Cafe at Page and Laguna; the CalTrain Station at Townsend and Fourth Street; and along Market between Battery and Sansome. Call 431-BIKE for more information.

Hey, Little Sister The impact of harsh geography on women's interaction drives choreographer Bebe Miller's evening-length work TINY SISTERS in the Enormous Land. Miller was intrigued by the story of two West Indian sisters living in rural England who developed a secret language of words and gestures and shut out the rest of the world. With this image of two independent women living out in the middle of a bleak landscape, Miller examines women's interaction as a whole, incorporating video footage of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members performing at a turn-of-the-century prison. The piece, scored by Robin Holcomb is based on an unusual premise, but complex themes, suffused with lyricism and athletic prowess, are a trademark of Miller's work. The Bebe Miller Company performs at 8 p.m. (also Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.) at Theater Artaud, 450 Florida, S.F. Admission is $12.50-18.50; call 621-7797.

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